The trophy — named after Hall of Fame Tennessee coach Gen. Robert Neyland, was first given out in 1967, five years after Neyland's death. Neyland coached the Volunteers from 1926-1952 and served as athletics director until his death. The award is presented by the Knoxville Quarterback Club.
"It's a huge honor for me," said Brown, "Not only to be getting an award in his name, but also looking at all the great coaches like [Lindsey Nelson Broadcasting Award winner] Coach [Lee] Corso who will be there with us that have won this award before."
"Having grown up in Middle Tennessee, the legend of General Neyland has been with me all of my life," Brown added. "From the time I was a little kid, I can remember my dad and granddad, who were both football coaches, talking about him. I came to respect not only what he meant to the game of college football and to our state of Tennessee, but also what his military service meant to America.
"I always dreamed of playing at a place like Tennessee or coaching at a place like Tennessee and Coach Neyland was always a huge part of that."
Brown will receive the award at a presentation at 10 a.m. on April 20, at the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame brunch at The Foundry in Knoxville. Later that afternoon, Brown will be honored on the field before Tennessee's spring game.
"I have always respected [Coach Neyland's] patriotism," said Brown, "and it is a true honor to be able to stand in the stadium named for him and receive an award that bears his name. When I look at the list of coaches who have gotten this award, I am both humbled and honored."
Recently named president of the American Football Coaches Association, Brown had a 236-117-1 career record, including a 150-43 mark at Texas. His 236 wins place him 11th all-time. Only three active FBS coaches have reached the 200-win plateau, and only two have led their teams to 20 bowl games in 21 seasons and 22 winning seasons in the last 23 years.
Brown also has two Big 12 titles, four BCS bowl berths and two appearances in the BCS National Championship game. His Longhorns took home the national title in 2005.